New Director of Operations at OMPA

Melie Vincent took over as Director of Operations for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority on Nov. 14. A native of Kentucky, Vincent has an extensive background in the power industry. She began her career as an economic analyst at Big Rivers Electric Corporation, before becoming the market settlements analyst for ACES Power Marketing, assisting in the development of settlement processes. She then served as the power supply manager for Brazos Electric Cooperative, assuming responsibility for real-time to long-term generation portfolio deployment. Before coming to OMPA, Vincent joined strategy and business development at Midcontinent Independent System Operation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Indiana. The Director of Operations at OMPA directs the planning, implementation and overseeing of all facets of power scheduling and training. The director also aids in coordination between OMPA, the Southwest Power Pool, engineering consultants and management.   The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 42 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000...

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OMPA Board Members Selected

Three members of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority board were chosen for re-election and another was confirmed by the membership at the Annual Electors’ Meeting in Edmond on Sept. 8. Those selected to elected to retain their positions on the board included Mary Rupp from Perry, Janice Cain from Altus and David Yeager from Duncan. Jason McPherson from Marlow, who was appointed to fill an empty slot in March, was also confirmed. A wholesale power supplier with 42 municipal members throughout Oklahoma, OMPA is governed by its 11-member Board of Directors, who are elected by representatives of the members. The board is comprised of elected officials, city managers and others who are involved in the operating or governing of their electric systems. Board members serve staggered three-year terms, with one-third of them coming up for election each year. Rupp has been city manager at Perry since November of 2012, after working for 35 years for the City of Stillwater where she was assistant city manager for 18 years and deputy city manager for another six. She has been on the OMPA board since December of 2013. She is currently the Treasurer for the Board of Directors. Cain was voted to the board at its monthly meeting just hours before the Annual Electors’ Meeting, then later re-elected. She began serving as the city manager at Altus this July. She is a past president of the MESO Board of Directors and also held a different term on the OMPA board from 2010-2013 during the tail end of her 15-year stint as city administrator at Marlow. She was the recipient of the American Public Power Association’s Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award in 2008. Yeager was appointed to the board in July. He has been the Electric Utilities Director for Duncan Power since 1999, having worked for the city since 1983. He also is the Chairman for OMPA’s Planning and Operations Committee, and is on the Competitive Utility Program (CUP) Oversight Committee. McPherson was selected to fill a vacancy in March. He has been the city administrator with Marlow for more than three years, and also serves on OMPA’s Energy Services Executive...

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DEEP Rebate Awarded in Perry

The City of Perry and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $12,624 to Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, for recent energy efficiency improvements at the business. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. A total of 257 lighting fixtures throughout the Ditch Witch Plant 3 location at 1618 U.S. Highway 77 in Perry were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting. The enhancements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy demand by 63.1 kilowatts. DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce electric service energy demand and costs. The program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers – including schools and government buildings – that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. Projects include changing out lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors for more energy-efficient equipment. These energy improvements help OMPA delay the time in which it needs to add expensive generation capacity. Charles Machine Works Inc., was the recipient of the largest rebate in DEEP history back in 2011, receiving a check for $121,968 for other energy-efficiency improvements. The two combined projects equal a $134,592 rebate for an estimated kilowatt reduction of 894. The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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OMPA board members honored with 7 Hats Awards

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) board members Robert Johnston and Jim Greff each were honored by the American Public Power Association (APPA) at its national conference with the Larry Hobart 7 Hats Award on June 14 in Phoenix. The award was created in 1966 to recognize utility managers who serve in the nation’s smaller communities and whose variety of management responsibility extends well beyond those of a manager in a large system with a larger staff. Only electric superintendents or managers of APPA member utilities serving 2,500 meters or less are eligible. Award criteria is based on accomplishments in planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources and community leadership. Johnston, who is Vice Chairman on the OMPA board, has been serving municipals in Oklahoma for 34 years. He has been the City Manager at Frederick since 1993, and is a past president of the Oklahoma Municipal League. In 1997, he simultaneously served as president of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, as well as the president of the City Management Association of Oklahoma. He joined the OMPA board in 2004 and, in 2010, was a recipient of the Ray Duffy Personal Service Award. Greff, who joined the OMPA board in 2014, has served the City of Prague for 35 years. He has spent the last nine as City Manager, after previously serving as Water and Wastewater Superintendent, Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager. He also has served on the local volunteer fire department for the last 27 years. In 2011, he received the Marvin-Hicks Middleton Meritorious Service Award, and, in 1999, was honored with the Citizens of the Year award in Prague. He serves on numerous regional boards, including the Lincoln County E-911 Trust Authority, the Central Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Route 66 Community Partners. Created in 1940, the APPA represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving approximately 48 million Americans. The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal wholesale power and transmission service supplier owned by 42 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000...

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Award named after OMPA’s Drake Rice

Drake N. Rice, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s long-time Director of Member Services, was honored by the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma with an award in his name at the annual MESO Public Power Conference in Tulsa on April 19. The inscription on the Drake Rice Customer Service Award reads, “For 30-plus years of service to Oklahoma’s Public Power community and his unceasing positive attitude towards OMPA members and customers; an ever present attitude of cooperation and inclusion to ensure a focused workplace; and a personal commitment to always giving his best in every situation.” The award was established by directive of the MESO Board of Directors. “Customer service is a guiding principle for public power,” said Tom Rider, MESO General Manager. “Drake has dedicated his career to going above and beyond as a leader and mentor to countless municipalities on how to deliver outstanding customer service. He is a shining example of the best of the best.” Rice has served Oklahoma municipals for more than 40 years, starting with stints as city manager at Prague and Blackwell. He was one of the organizers of OMPA and an original board member, before becoming the third-ever staff member for the Authority. That first position was as Director of Member Services in 1984, a title he still holds today. Throughout the years since Rice joined OMPA, it has grown from an original 26 members to now 42. His department has developed many value-added programs for the members, including the Competitive Utility Program (CUP), the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), the Ways I Save Electricity (WISE) program, key accounts, energy audits and more. Rice also serves on the Southwest Power Resources Association, is an ex-officio member of the MESO Board of Directors and is a representative for both MESO and OMPA on the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Working...

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